These words have been a comfort to my soul, so I decided that they deserved their own post. They were penned by the inimitable John Bunyan, in his book Seasonable Counsel, or Advice to Sufferers. If you’d like to read them in context (and get lost in a bunch of other great quotes), you can also find them over at Tolle Lege.
Might my hope continually rest in the knowledge that “the scales are still in God’s hand.”
“If, therefore, when thou hast fled, thou art taken, be not offended at God or man: not at God, for thou art his servant, thy life and thy all are his; not at man, for he is but God’s rod, and is ordained, in this, to do thee good.
Hast thou escaped? Laugh. Art thou taken? Laugh. I mean, be pleased which way soever things shall go, for that the scales are still in God’s hand.”
John Bunyan, Seasonable Counsel, or Advice to Sufferers